Pliskova advances to 2nd round at Tianjin Open

The Associated Press
Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic hits a return shot while competing against Wang Qiang of China in their third round women's singles match in the China Open at the National Tennis Stadium in Beijing, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

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Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic hits a return shot while competing against Wang Qiang of China in their third round women's singles match in the China Open at the National Tennis Stadium in Beijing, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

TIANJIN, China (AP) -- Top-seeded Karolina Pliskova needed six match points to beat Varvara Lepchenko 6-2, 6-7 (3), 6-3 and advance to the second round of the Tianjin Open on Monday.

Pliskova will next face Polona Hercog, who defeated Lara Arruabarrena 7-6 (5), 6-2.

Also, Russian qualifier Veronika Kudermetova beat 2014 champion Alison Riske 5-7, 6-1, 7-5, fifth-seeded Hsieh Su-Wei beat Ajla Tomljanovic 7-6 (4), 7-5, and Magda Linette defeated Evgeniya Rodina 2-6, 6-1, 6-4.

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